Manchester United are running out of time to convince Ryan Giggs of staying.
The Welshman is on the verge of bringing his 29-year association with the club to an end after Jose Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal as manager.
It’s understood that Giggs wanted the job and could seek pastures new to begin a career in management as a result.
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His anticipated departure - despite being offered the Under-21s role - would mark a sad day for all those involved with United.
And it would seem that the 20-time league champions are aware of just how big a loss Giggs would be if reports per the Daily Mail are to be believed.
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They claim that United have told the former Wales international to ‘name his job’ - but there’s a catch.
Whilst United are willing to allow Giggs the freedom to create his own role, so to speak, they have ruled out the option of being Mourinho’s assistant manager.
That will likely dissuade him from staying at the Theatre of Dreams given his ambition to manage, even if friends have reportedly told him that staying to work with Mourinho would be a smart move.
In Giggs potentially leaving, United would not only be losing another club legend, but also a large part of their history.
Nevertheless, Mourinho has the chance to create his own history at Old Trafford by assembling a team capable of restoring the Red Devils as England’s elite side.
Under Van Gaal, they finished a disappointing fifth in the 2015/16 term, thus failing to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Mourinho won’t like the thought of managing in the Europa League, but if anyone can guide United out of their rut, it’s the Portuguese boss.
New signings are most definitely needed if he’s to do so, though, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the perfect place to start.
The 34-year-old continues to defy his age after scoring a magnificent 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season, firing Paris Saint-Germain to domestic glory.
Ibrahimovic possesses all of the qualities needed in the Premier League: strength, power, skill, creativity and finishing.
Villarreal’s Eric Bailly is also on Mourinho’s radar and reports suggest he is close to completing a £27.6 million move.
A new centre-back is clearly of the utmost priority and rightly so, given Daley Blind was largely played out of position and alongside Chris Smalling last time out.